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Weather forces Darton to close until Tuesday (noon update)

Photo by Jim Hendricks

Photo by Jim Hendricks

ALBANY, Ga -- A number of power outages across the city of Albany interrupted power this morning after rain froze on tree limbs and power lines.

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Noon update: Darton closed until Tuesday

Officials at Darton College have confirmed to the Herald that they will close campus until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning due to power outtages.

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The area near Dawson Road and Forest Glenn and central Albany were without power until around 9:10 a.m. Downtown power went out again a few minutes later and returned just before 10 a.m. Lights were out on Dawson Road and parts of East and West Oglethorpe during the morning commute.

Ken Gould, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, said the rain should be moving out of the Albany now, but there were a few pockets of freezing drizzle. The NWS expects to let its winter storm warning for the area to expire at 11 a.m.

Gould said Randolph and Terrell counties have reports of a quarter-inch of ice, which has disrupted power service. In areas like that, it'll take longer to restore lost power.

"There's no new ice in the area. That's pretty much done," he said.

The Weather Service is predicting a low at freezing tonight, but temperatures are expected to drop sharply the rest of the week as an arctic front rolls through. The low Tuesday night is expected to fall to 28, followed by lows of 21 Wednesday night and 25 Thursday night. Highs are expected to hit 50 tomorrow, and 46 the next two days.

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, which has had flights canceled because of snow in Atlanta, was without power this morning.

Emergency Management reported three calls of power lines down -- the 1200 block of Forest Glen Drive at 6:50 a.m., 1200 block of Towering Pines Lane at 8:18 a.m. and the 1300 block of Pinecrest Drive at 8:24 a.m.

The Albany City Commission canceled its morning meeting today and the Dougherty County courts have sent personnel home. Municipal courts has been closed until Wednesday. The Dougherty County Commission also canceled its morning meeting today.

There have been no immediate reports of injuries, but firefighters said they had answered around 70 calls since 4:30 a.m. today.

The Department of Transportation began sanding bridges early this morning.

The Red Cross just announced that a dozen blood donation centers, including the one in Albany, have been closed for the day.

On Sunday night, most Southwest Georgia school systems, including Dougherty, Lee, Worth and Mitchell, canceled school today. College such as Albany State and Georgia Southwestern State universities were planning to start classes later this morning.

Southwestern State, however, has just announced that it has canceled all classes today because of hazardous driving conditions.